Interest In The West As The Grizzlies Face The Knicks
The Memphis Grizzlies will travel to the iconic Madison Square Garden to battle it out with the New York Knicks on March 12 in an enticing Western Conference battle. The Grizzlies are looking particularly strong and will look at this game as a way to solidify a spot in the playoffs. The two have faced each other before this year with the Grizzlies coming away victorious in a blowout 120 – 108 win.
The Knicks have struggled in a big way this season as they currently sit 5th in the Atlantic Division, boasting an overall season record of 27 wins and 38 losses. The picture is very different down in Memphis as the Grizzlies are having a fantastic season, sitting 1st in the Southwest Division as well as boasting a record of 45 wins and 22 losses, demonstrating their ruthlessness and consistency on a game-by-game basis.
A Write-off Season for the Knicks
The last time the Knicks looked like a team capable of playing good basketball and rectifying their season was back in January when they stomped on the Atlanta Hawks, looking good in the process. Since that result their form has been nothing short of disastrous, winning only 5 of the following 22 games. They’ve won their last 2 games against both the Lakers and the Kings, but if this season has taught us anything about the Knicks, they will likely lose their next 10.
RJ Barret has been one of the few bright sparks for the Knicks this season, scoring plus 20 in all of his five games since the All-star break. If the Knicks are serious about building a competitive team next season, Barret is the man to build around.
Grizzlies Loving Life this Season
While the Knicks have lost 20 out of their last 25 games, the Grizzlies have recorded an impressive 17 wins in that same period, blowing many teams out of the water in the process. This season has been nothing short of spectacular for the Grizzlies as they look like real contenders for the NBA championship. This season, Morant has turned out to be somewhat of a superstar, averaging 40 points per game in his last five. These are numbers any legend of the game would be proud of.
This one seems easy to predict as one of the strongest teams in the league face, by far, one of the weakest. The scales tip in favour of the Grizzlies.